Hanoi implements mask mandate for indoor public places

The measure covers an array of locations, such as shopping centres, entertainment venues, and extends to both employees and patrons.

Viet Nam News

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Deputy Chairman of the Hà Nội People's Committee Vũ Thu Hà inspecting COVID prevention at Đức Giang General Hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo

April 21, 2023

HANOI — In light of a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases over the past five days, authorities in Hà Nội have said residents must strictly adhere to mask-wearing guidelines established by the Ministry of Health.

The People’s Committee said there had been apparent lapses in compliance among the population, leading to higher risks of transmission, especially in crowded, indoor places.

The measure covers a diverse array of locations, such as shopping centres, entertainment venues, and fitness facilities, and extends to both employees and patrons. Furthermore, it mandates mask-wearing for individuals using public transport, including drivers and passengers alike.

Those attending crowded events or visiting popular tourist destinations must also adhere to the mask requirement.

In an effort to stem the rising tide of infections, the Hà Nội People’s Committee has called upon local authorities to maintain vigilance and closely monitor the evolving situation. Their guidance also emphasises the importance of accelerating vaccination efforts and intensifying inspections to ensure adherence to COVID-19 prevention protocols in relevant establishments.

The Hà Nội Department of Health has been instructed to closely track the pandemic’s progression and relay pertinent information to the city government, ensuring the timely implementation of preventive measures. The department is also collaborating with the Ministry of Health to identify potential new SARS-CoV-2 variants.

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, the Hà Nội Department of Information and Communications has been directed to work alongside the Department of Health and other relevant agencies. Their objective is to disseminate accurate information regarding the COVID-19 situation and encourage adherence to the Ministry of Health’s “2K” message, which promotes the use of face masks and disinfection, particularly on public transportation and during crowded events. Efforts will also be made to highlight the benefits and efficacy of vaccines to persuade more people to get vaccinated.

Over the past five days, Hà Nội has recorded the highest number of daily cases nationwide, averaging 96 infections per day. Among the hospitalised patients, 30 to 50 individuals are either elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions.

At present, there are 566 documented COVID-19 patients in Hà Nội. Of these, 299 individuals with mild symptoms are being monitored at home, while two patients require mechanical ventilation. — VNS

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